News from Arizona
The first phone in Phoenix connected an ice factory to the factory owner's home. The first phone companies in Arizona all had their own phone books and customers needed to purchase phone service from all the companies if they wanted to talk to all possible phone customers. Eventually, all the phone companies were combined into the Mountain States and Telegraph Company which began in Bisbee-Douglas.
In 1912, the year Arizona became a state, all the switchboards in nearly every town in the State were under the same network system. It is hard to believe how much work went into these early telephone systems with their miles of telephone lines and short range of communications.
The Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council (ATIC) is Arizona's authoritative organization guiding digital technology policy development, and serves as a leading source of expertise on telecommunications and digital information technology matters.
Important phone numbers in Arizona
Department of Public Safety 602-223-2000
Attorney General 602-542-5025 (Phoenix); 520-628-6504 (Tucson)
Child Abuse Hotline (Child Protective Services) 1-888-767-2445
Adult Abuse Hotline (Adult Protective Services) 1-877-767-2385
Arizona State University Hotline (Students in Crisis 24/7) 480-921-1006
Empact Suicide Prevention Center (24 hr) 1-866-205-5229